The goal of the Osseo School District is to close the racial achievement gap between whites and minority students. They want to jumpstart this is by putting a new policy in place which hopefully becomes a gateway to better grades and test scores for students. "The policy addresses the school board's position on trying to recruit and retain additional staff of color, to adopt practices that are going to help students who are underachieving, achieve up to their potential." said Margaret Westin, general counsel for the Osseo School District. The Osseo School Board has put a lot of time and effort into creating the proposal and wants to take a stand on racial equity and education. The district explored racial equity policies in Broward County, Fla.; Portland; Seattle; and around the Twin Cities, which helped them come up with a proposal. "We went out and talked to parent groups of Hispanic students, Hmong students, some African immigrant students, and tried to identify both internal and external stakeholders who would have something to say about an educational equity policy and we asked them for input," said Westin. The racial equity plan is expected to be approved Tuesday night. However, there are still procedures to develop and if there is feedback from groups wanting changes to be made, that could happen. Eric Nelson, reporting http://twelve.tv Learn about our mobile app - http://bit.ly/CH12app http://twitter.com/12sports http://twitter.com/12localnews http://www.facebook.com/12localnews Channel 12 is on Comcast cable in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and includes the cities Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.